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The Harp of the Grey Rose Hardcover – 3 Jul 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (3 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931081875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931081870
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,612,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Charles de Lint is one of the most gifted storytellers writing fantasy today."

Charles de Lint is one of the most gifted storytellers writing fantasy today. ("Locus")

"Charles de Lint is one of the most gifted storytellers writing fantasy today." "Locus"" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Charles de Lint(charlesdelint.com)is the author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children s books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards. The first book of the Wildlings trilogy, "Under My Skin," won the 2013 Aurora Award for Young Adult Fiction. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for"The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction."De Lint and his wife, MaryAnn Harris, a fellow artist and musician, recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lint s website. They live in Ottawa." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the author's works that seems to me to have been run off in a rush to meet some kind of publishing deadline. Not a strong storyline and didn't grip from the outset, which is a shame.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b14d390) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5ae438) out of 5 stars Early De Lint shows only a hint of his potential 5 Aug. 2003
By T. Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had seen this title on lists of CDL's work, but it took me several years to find a copy. Having read it, I understand why he let it go out of print, and may be keeping it that way even though a new edition would surely sell. It's not a bad book, but it's very much an immature work compared to his later stuff. It's connected to the Newford stories (it's about the childhood of the harper Kelledy), but the tone is very different. The most striking thing about it is the heavy Lloyd Alexander influence, something De Lint seems to have shed as he developed his own voice. In fact, it's downright derivative, though competent and even promising. It straddles, a bit awkwardly, adult fantasy and children's literature, and does not have the distinctive complexity of imagination that makes De Lint's mature work so fascinating and unique. For a fan of the mature work, it's not much more than a curiosity; as an introduction to De Lint it barely hints at the brilliance that came later.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b2ce900) out of 5 stars great companion to Riddle of the Wren 28 July 2002
By anxietyjunkie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book! Its not exactly a sequel to Riddle of the Wren, but set in the same universe, with the same hoary feel to it. Not one of his more well-known books, but I loved it as a kid and still do. Both are a definite must-read if you love old high fantasy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Those looking for a typical De Lint read won't find it here. "The Harp of the Grey Rose" reads at a young level, with none of the hints of darkness and/or redemption of some sort that can be found in De Lint's later works. You can tell about fifty pages into the book that it was originally a novella even if you didn't know so beforehand. Though it seems like the rest of the story is a bit forced, if you have a free afternoon, its an amusing story and it doesn't take long to read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3ec00c) out of 5 stars Not his best, but I liked it 9 Oct. 2006
By M. Phaneuf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a quick, enjoyable read, but it is readily apparent that this was his first novel. It pulls too heavily from other sources and doesn't have deLint's distinctive voice that make his later stories so spell-binding.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3ec390) out of 5 stars Obviously a First Novel 9 Jun. 2009
By Trekkintheplains - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read De Lint's later works and it becomes so obvious that this is a first attempt. Overall, I liked it well enough. I just don't feel the characters are developed enough or it goes much into depth. Plus, it's a very Tolkien-esque knockoff.

We have a dark power rising to take over, deep mines abandoned by dwarves long ago, strange companions, unlikely heroes, etc. It's pretty generic fantasy with a half-hearted love story.

Cerin of course falls in love with a woman he names The Grey Rose and feels there is some terrible curse upon her. Well, it turns out he's right. He journeys to find her and saves her from what he thinks is her worst threat, but that's only the beginning.

There are elements like the magic harp she gifts him with, and some half-human or dwarf, half-beast creatures. Remind anyone of the Orukai or Hobbits? Halfbreeds anyone? There are some back stories of how Cerin's parents were cast out, Calman cursed, loves lost, etc. Ancient wars...

Nothing is very developed though. There is potential in the writing, but the plot and character variety are pretty typical fantasy. De Lint really broke away from this and found his own later. I would highly recommend "Memory and Dream," but this I could have skipped. It's typical fantasy with typical characters and a typical plot. I give De Lint credit from breaking away from this style and rising above it. What Tolkien did has been copied MUCH too often! But, I think every author has to get this out of their system before finding his or her own.
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